Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Mar 2017 08:37 UTC, submitted by Alfman
Internet & Networking

The Republican-controlled FCC on Thursday suspended the net neutrality transparency requirements for broadband providers with fewer than 250,000 subscribers. Critics called the decision anticonsumer.

The transparency rule, waived for five years in a 2-1 party-line vote Thursday, requires broadband providers to explain to customers their pricing models and fees as well as their network management practices and the impact on broadband service.

The commission had previously exempted ISPs with fewer than 100,000 subscribers, but Thursday's decision expands the number of ISPs not required to inform customers. Only about 20 U.S. ISPs have more than 250,000 subscribers.

What could possibly go wrong?

The five-year waiver may be moot, however. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Republicans in Congress are considering ways to scrap a large chunk of the net neutrality regulations approved by the agency just two years ago.

Is it just me, or is the undoing of the opposing party's policies every 4-8 years a really terrible way to run a country?

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RE[4]: Democracy
by Naomi on Fri 3rd Mar 2017 13:17 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Democracy"
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So then abolish jury trials? Specialized jobs shouldn't be filled by lottery, sure, for reasons of both motivation and skill. However, there ought to be a statistical sampling of citizens voting politicians' proposals up or down. That way the deviation from ideal representivity is only a modest (and random) statistical margin of error.

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